Albany offers much more than just a political atmosphere as the state capitol of New York. It has a rich ancestral history and a unique cultural presence of nightlife and sight-seeing. The downtown area of Albany is home to a hotspot of bars and clubs, as well as museums and parks for daytime entertainment.
Like the rest of New York State, Albany has humid weather and frequent precipitation. It is known for heavy snowfall and cold weather during the winters, and stretches of excessive heat in the summer. Because of the lakes and rivers peppered in and around Albany, there is also beautiful greenery and lush rolling hills.
Albany rests at a junction between Buffalo and Boston, and Montreal and New York City. Albany’s International Airport and train system offer access to these cities from the capitol. Buses service the downtown area, but cars are recommended for more effective and extensive transportation. Some of the more popular areas like Center Square have limited parking so be sure to plan accordingly!
Residents of Albany rave about how accepting and wonderful of a place it is to live. Many businesses in the Capital District and Downtown are gay-owned and gay-friendly. Some of the busy tourist highlights of Albany like Lark Street and Center Square are close to rougher neighborhoods so stay in the well-populated and well-lit areas, and be extra cautious at night.
The Gay Scene in Albany
Albany no longer stands in the shadow of New York City’s gay scene! This capital city has a lot to offer the gay community, and is becoming increasingly more LGBT-populated as time passes. It was even home to one of the first transgender organizations- a fun fact that we applaud!